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Christina Aguilera's Biography:

Christina María Aguilera was born December 18, 1980 on Staten Island, New York to Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a Sergeant in the US Army at the time and Shelly Loraine Fidler, a Spanish teacher, Aquilera's father is Ecuadorian born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the name Aquilera is from obvious Latino background, while her mother is of Irish descent.  Christina's maternal grandmother emigrated from County Clare.  Her father, Fausto, was stationed at Earnest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada and Japan.

The budding singer lived with her father and mother until she was seven years old. When Christina's parents divorced, her mother took her, and her younger sister Rachel, to her grandmother's home in Rochester, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside of Pittsburgh.  

According to both Christina and her mother, her father was very controlling, as well as physically and emotionally abusive. Christina later wrote about her difficult childhood in the songs "I'm OK" in Stripped, and "Oh Mother" in Back to Basics.

Although her father has written to Aguilera, she has ruled out any chance to reunite with him under any circumstances.] Since then, Christina's mom has married a paramedic named Jim Kearns, and changed her name.

Christina is famous as an American pop singer and songwriter.  She was signed to RCA Records after recording "Reflection" for the film Mulan. She came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera (1999), which was a commercial success.

A Latin pop album, Mi Reflejo, and several collaborations followed which won Christina worldwide success, but she was displeased with the lack of input in her music and image.

After parting from her management, Christina took creative control over her second studio album Stripped (2002), which received mixed reviews and produced substantial sales. The overtly sexual image Christina displayed during the promotion of the album became the subject of intense criticism and ridicule. The second single, "Beautiful", was a commercial success and sustained the album's sales.

Christina third studio album Back to Basics (2006) included elements of soul, jazz, and blues music, and was released to positive critical reception. Aside from being known for her vocal ability and ever-changing image, musically, she includes themes of dealing with public scrutiny, her childhood, and female empowerment.

Christina's work has earned her numerous awards including five Grammy Awards amongst eighteen nominations. She has become one of the most successful recording artists of the decade, racking up sales of more than 37 million records worldwide.

As a child, Christina aspired to be a singer. Her musical influences included Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, and Madonna. She also cites the musical The Sound of Music and its lead actress, Julie Andrews as an early inspiration for singing and performing. As a child, she was known locally as "the little girl with the big voice," singing in local talent shows and competitions.

According to VH1's Driven, whenever competitors learned they would be up against her in any given week, they would immediately withdraw, prompting insiders to claim it was "like sending a lamb to the slaughter."

Her peers soon became jealous of her and would frequently subject her to ridicule, ostracism, and, in one gym class, attempted assault. Acts of vandalism around her house included the slashing of the tires on the family car.

Eventually, the family relocated to another suburb in the Pittsburgh area (this time, Wexford) and took to secrecy about Aguilera's talent lest another backlash occur.

On March 15, 1990, she appeared on Star Search singing Etta James' "A Sunday Kind of Love," but lost the competition. Soon after losing on Star Search, she returned home and appeared on Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV's Wake Up with Larry Richert to perform the same song. People remarked that the then ten-year-old "sounded 20."

Throughout her youth in Pittsburgh, Christina sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games. Her first major role in entertainment came in 1993 when she joined the Disney Channel's variety show The New Mickey Mouse Club.

Her co-stars included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell, the show lasted another year until its cancellation. According to the documentary Driven, Christina's co-stars called her "the Diva." One of her most notable performances was of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing."

At the age of fourteen, Christina recorded her first song, "All I Wanna Do," a hit duet with Japanese singer Keizo Nakanishi. In 1997, she represented the United States at the "Golden Stag" International Festival with a two-song set which included Sheryl Crow and Diana Ross.

In 1998, she sang the High "E" in full voice (E5) on a cover of Whitney Houston's "Run to You" which she recorded with a tape recorder in her bathroom. She was then selected to record the song "Reflection" for the Disney production of Mulan (1998).

Recording "Reflection" led to Christina earning a contract with RCA Records the same week. "Reflection" peaked within the top twenty on the Adult Contemporary Singles Chart, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song" in 1998.

Under the exclusive representation of Steve Kurtz, Christina's self-titled debut album Christina Aguilera was released on August 24, 1999. It reached the top of the Billboard 200 and Canadian album charts, selling eight million copies in the U.S. and over 14 million copies worldwide.

The album is also included in the Top 100 Albums of All Time list of The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) based on US sales.

Christina during the promotion of her debut album in April 2000.Her singles "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants" and "Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" topped the Billboard Hot 100 during 1999 and 2000, and "I Turn to You" reached #3. According to the album's songwriters, Christina wanted to display the range and audacity in her voice during the promotion of the album, and performed acoustic sets and appeared on television shows accompanied only by a piano.  She ended the year on MTV's New Year's Special, as she performed and was MTV's first artist of the millennium.

At the 2000 Grammys Christina received a "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" nomination for "Genie in a Bottle" and despite earlier predictions, she won the award for "Best New Artist."

Later in 2000, Christina first emphasized her Latin heritage by releasing her first Spanish album, Mi Reflejo on September 12, 2000. This album contained Spanish versions of songs from her English debut as well as new Spanish tracks. Though some criticized Christina for trying to cash in on the Latin music boom at the time. The album still managed to peak at #27 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Latin album charts. In 2001, it won Christina a Latin Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Album." The album went Gold in the US and sold 3 million worldwide.

She also won the World Music Award as the best selling Latin artist that year. Christina also released a Christmas album on October 24, 2000 called My Kind of Christmas. It peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200, has sold over 3.2 million copies worldwide, and has been certified Platinum in the US.

Ricky Martin asked Christina to duet with him on the track "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" from his album Sound Loaded; released in 2001 as the album's second single, which reached #1 on the World Chart.

In 2001, Christina, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink were chosen to remake Labelle's 1975 single "Lady Marmalade" for the film Moulin Rouge! and its soundtrack.

The single Missy Elliott produced hit number one on the Hot 100 for five weeks and reached number one in eleven other countries, and it earned all four performers a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals." Christina's appearance in the music video was compared to that of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

The video won two MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year in 2001, where Christina accepted the award saying, "I guess the big hair paid off."

That year a single emerged into record stores called "Just Be Free," one of the demos Christina recorded when she was around fifteen years old. When RCA Records discovered the single, they advised fans not to purchase it.

Months later, Warlock Records was set to release Just Be Free, an album which contains the demo tracks. Christina filed a breach of contract and unfair-competition suit against Warlock and the album's producers to block the release.

Instead, the two parties came to a settlement to release the album. Christina lent out her name, likeness and image for an unspecified amount of damages. Many of the details of the lawsuit remain confidential. When the album was released in August 2001, it had a photograph of Christina when she was fifteen years old.

Although Christina's debut album was very well received, she was dissatisfied with the music and image her management had created for her. Christina was marketed as a bubblegum pop singer because of the genre's upward financial trend.

She mentioned plans of her next album to have much more depth, both musically and lyrically. Christina's views of Steve Kurtz's influence in matters of the singer's creative direction, the role of being her exclusive personal manager and overscheduling had in part caused her to seek legal means of terminating their management contract.

In October 2000, Christina filed a Breach of Fiduciary Duty lawsuit against Kurtz for improper, undue and inappropriate influence over her professional activities, as well as fraud. According to legal documents, Kurtz did not protect her rights and interests. Instead, he took action that was for his own interest, at the cost of hers. The lawsuit came about when Christina discovered Kurtz used more of her commissionable income than he was allotted, and had paid other managers to assist him. She also petitioned the California State Labor Commission to nullify the contract. After terminating Kurtz's services, Irving Azoff was hired as her new manager.

Kurtz countersued later that month for breach of contract, claiming that the singer violated the same agreement she had sued to void. In the lawsuit, he included others close to Christina, alleging their intent to sabotage his business relationship with her. He also singled out Azoff for being in violation of the terms of Kurtz's contract.

During this time, while she was also working on her second album, she later revealed that she was betrayed by several friends, and hit rock bottom. She used her then-upcoming album as therapy, saying "this record saved me from insanity."

On October 29, 2002, after much delay, Christina's second full-length English album, Stripped, was released, selling more than 330,000 copies in the first week and peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200. Unlike previous work, the album showcased Christina's raunchier side.

The majority of Stripped was co-written by Christina (who had recently signed a global music publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing), and was influenced by many different subjects and music styles, including rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, balladry, pop rock, and hip hop. The majority of the album was produced by Scott Storch and singer-songwriter Linda Perry who produced her more personal records.

Rockwilder and singer Alicia Keys also contributed a track each. Upon initial release, the album was very well-received by critics, although Christina's vocals were overlooked as she began to cultivate a more sexually provocative image.

After the release of the album, she took part in photoshoots for magazines, many of these photographs featured her nude or semi-nude. Her cover for Rolling Stone, featured the singer only wearing boots and a well-placed electric guitar. It was during this time Christina referred to herself as "Xtina," even getting a tattoo of her nickname on the back of her neck and several piercings.

Initially, the raunchy image had a negative effect on Christina in the U.S., especially after the release of her controversial "Dirrty" music video. She denied that this change was a matter of publicity, claiming that the image better reflected her true personality than did the image she cultivated back in 1999. While the video for "Dirrty" became very popular on MTV, it disappointed on the U.S. singles chart. However, the single was a hit worldwide, reaching number one in the UK and Ireland. The album reached the top five on the U.K., U.S. and Canadian album charts, though it was initially considered a "sophomore slump." The second single, "Beautiful" received critical praise, the classically influenced ballad reached number one in several countries and peaked at #2 in the US. "Beautiful" earned Christina the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Three more singles ("Fighter," "Can't Hold Us Down" featuring Lil' Kim, "The Voice Within") were released in the following two years and were hits that helped the album stay on the charts for the next two years. Stripped stayed on the U.S. and UK album charts well into 2004, and went on to be certified four-times platinum in the U.S. with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.

It appeared at number ten on Billboard's year-end album chart. Kelly Clarkson's second single "Miss Independent" was co-written by Christina, having been half-finished for Stripped.

Christina performing in her Stripped Tour joined Justin Timberlake that June on the final leg of his international Justified tour, held in the U.S. This portion of the tour became a co-headliner called the "Justified & Stripped Tour."

In August, an overhead lighting grid collapsed from the ceiling of the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, causing major damage to the sound and video equipment below. Because the collapse occurred hours before the show, only a few stagehands were injured, but a few shows were cancelled or postponed.

In the fourth quarter of that year, Christina continued to tour internationally without Timberlake, and changed the name of the tour to the "Stripped World Tour."

She also dyed her hair black. It was one of the top-grossing tours of that year, and sold out most of its venues. Rolling Stone readers named it the best tour of the year.

She was a special guest performer with the Pussycat Doll's dance troupe and appeared on a Maxim spread alongside them. Her second Maxim cover that year set record sales for the issue, by the end of the year she topped the annual Hot 100 list later saying, "We had fun working with certain clothes, or the lack thereof."

After much delay, Christina's first DVD live-recording from a concert tour, Stripped Live in the UK, was released in November 2004.

In light of the tour's success, another U.S. tour was scheduled to begin in mid 2004 with a new theme. The tour however was scrapped because of the vocal cord injuries Christina suffered shortly before the tour's opening date.

In a tribute to Madonna's performance at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards, Christina performed a kiss with the singer-actress at the 2003 edition of the ceremony in August.

The incident occurred during the opening performance of Madonna's songs "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood" with fellow popstar Britney Spears.

Christina later decided to embrace a more mature image; this move was met with more praise than criticism, with articles using punch lines such as "From Crass to Class."

She eventually dyed her hair cherry blonde and recorded a jingle, "Hello," for a Mercedes-Benz ad. Shortly after, she dyed her hair blonde and cut it short, and took on a Marilyn Monroe look; many of her fans believe she is one of the main proponents (along with Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, and Ashley Judd) in bringing back the 1920s-1940s Hollywood glamour look.

In late summer 2004 Christina released two singles. The first, "Car Wash," was a remake of the Rose Royce disco song recorded as a collaboration with rapper Missy Elliott for the soundtrack to the film Shark Tale. The second song was also a collaboration, but this time as a second single from one of Nelly's double-release albums, Sweat, titled "Tilt Ya Head Back." Both singles failed commercially in the U.S., but did considerably better in other parts of the world.

Christina collaborated with jazz artist Herbie Hancock on a cover of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" recorded for Hancock's album Possibilities, released in August 2005. Christina and Hancock were later nominated for the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals."

She helped open the 50th Anniversary for Disneyland performing "When You Wish Upon a Star," and she also collaborated with Andrea Bocelli on the song "Somos Novios" for his album Amore. 

Christina's third English studio album, Back to Basics, released August 15, 2006, debuted at #1 in the U.S., the U.K. and eleven other countries. The critically-acclaimed lead single "Ain't No Other Man" was a substantial success, reaching #2 on the United World Chart, #6 in the U.S., and #2 in U.K. Christina described the double CD as "a throwback to the 20s, 30s, and 40s-style jazz, blues, and feel-good soul music, but with a modern twist." Producers on the album included DJ Premier, Kwamé, Linda Perry, and Mark Ronson. One track, "F.U.S.S.", was written as a response to the animosity between Aguilera and Scott Storch during the recording of Stripped.

In the interview with Maxim, she said, "That’s a way of burying my experience with him. We did great work on Stripped... When I tried to work with him again, he made uncalled-for demands. It was disappointing that someone would get affected like that."

She received writing credit for the album and was the executive producer. The follow-up singles did very well in different regions, "Hurt" in Europe and "Candyman" in the Pacific. She co-directed both music videos, the former with Floria Sigismondi who directed her "Fighter" video, and the latter, "Candyman," with director/photographer Matthew Rolston which was inspired by The Andrews Sisters.  Back to Basics sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2007.

In late 2006 Aguilera collaborated with Sean "Diddy" Combs on a track, titled "Tell Me," from his album Press Play. She also began the "Back to Basics Tour" in Europe followed by a 41-date North American tour in early 2007.

After this, she toured Asia and Australia, where it was supposed to end on August 3, however she canceled her dates in Melbourne and her final two in Auckland due to an illness.

Her extravagant arena tour included cabaret, three-ring circus and juke joint sets and 10 piece costumes designed by Roberto Cavalli.It was the most successful US tour by a female in 2007. In early 2008, she released her concert DVD Back to Basics: Live and Down Under.

At the 49th Grammy Awards, Christina again won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man." She made a noteworthy performance at the ceremony paying tribute to James Brown with her rendition of his song "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." In January 2007, she was named the 19th richest woman in entertainment by Forbes, with a net worth of US$60 million.

Christina performed "Steppin' Out With My Baby" with Tony Bennett on his NBC special Tony Bennett: An American Classic and on Saturday Night Live where she was the musical guest. They performed at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards where both specials received Emmys. "Steppin' Out" was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

Mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant, announced that in 2008, Christina will get a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Christina was featured on the soundtrack to the film Shine a Light from a live recording of her performance with the Rolling Stones.

The soundtrack of the same name was released on April 1, 2008. She was featured on People en Español's Los 50 Más Bellos (50 Most Beautiful People) cover and issue in which she said, "I love Latin culture. It’s fire and passion, and I definitely want to instill that in my son."

Christina described her forthcoming album as "short, sweet and completely different" from Back to Basics, although she did not elaborate on the style of the album. In an interview with People magazine Christina stated she has began recording new material for her upcoming album at her Beverly Hills home. DJ Premier shared plans to head back into the studio with Christina.

Christina, a soprano, is known for her prominent singing style, strong vocals, and powerful voice. She has also been noted for her ability to sing in the whistle register. She has rivaled many of her other contemporaries and has been referred to as the "voice of her generation" and a blue eyed soul singer.

In the MTV special All Eyes on Christina, John Norris said that Christina "has a four-octave vocal range." Christina also topped COVE's list of the 100 Best Pop Vocalists with a score of 50 and came fifth in MTV's 22 Greatest Voices in Music.

A review in an Entertainment Weekly article mentions her "tackling that dog-whistle high note" at the 3:20 mark in the song "Soar" from her album Stripped. Additionally, Axl Rose (of Guns N' Roses fame) has described Christina as "one of the greatest vocalists of our time."

Her rendition of "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" at the 49th Grammy Awards ranked 3rd in the Grammy's Greatest Moments List behind Celine Dion's performance of "My Heart Will Go On." In an interview Dion described Christina as "probably the best vocalist in the world."

In 1991 Christina auditioned for a role on The New Mickey Mouse Club, however she didn't meet the age requirements. Two years later she joined the cast performing musical numbers and sketch comedy until the show's cancellation in 1994.

Since then Christina has done numerous television appearances, in 1999 she made a cameo appearance performing on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. She hosted a Saturday Night Live episode in 2004, which included a Sex & The City skit where she portrayed Samantha Jones revealing to everyone she was a man the entire time.

In regards to acting in film, she's mentioned in several interviews that she intends to pursue edgy acting roles similar to Angelina Jolie. She voiced a small singing part in the animated film Shark Tale playing a rastafarian jellyfish in the film's closing musical number. The film's stars included, among others, Jolie herself.

New Face Of Stephen Webster Accessories 2007 - 2008

Christina is the new face of Stephen Webster and has been quoted as saying "Stephen does a great job of offering versatility" says Christina about her jewelry in the new ad campaign.

As reported by the March 17, 2008 issue of Life & Style Magazine, Christina's pregnancy in 2007 almost threw a monkey wrench into the ad campaign.  As a result, Stephen Weber told Life & Style Magazine that Christina called him from her world tour in Korea to let him know of her pregnancy.  They had originally planned to shot the ads in October or November but decided to move the campaign up to August to try and catch the window.

Although Christina was four months pregnant at the time, she was already showing.  They managed to shoot the ads so that her new bump was not visible.  Christina gave birth to her new son, Max Liron Bratman on January 12, 2008.

Stephen Webster told Life & Style that Christina and Jordan are "blown away by the whole experience" when referencing their new son.

 

 

She is an American pop singer and songwriter. She was signed to RCA Records after recording "Reflection" for the film Mulan. She came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera (1999), which was a commercial success.

A Latin pop album, Mi Reflejo, and several collaborations followed which garnered Christina worldwide success, but she was displeased with the lack of input in her music and image.

After parting from her management, Christina took creative control over her second studio album Stripped (2002), which received mixed reviews and produced substantial sales. The overtly sexual image Christina displayed during the promotion of the album became the subject of intense criticism and ridicule. The second single, "Beautiful", was a commercial success and sustained the album's sales.

Christina third studio album Back to Basics (2006) included elements of soul, jazz, and blues music, and was released to positive critical reception. Aside from being known for her vocal ability and ever-changing image, musically, she includes themes of dealing with public scrutiny, her childhood, and female empowerment.

Christina's work has earned her numerous awards including five Grammy Awards amongst eighteen nominations. She has become one of the most successful recording artists of the decade, racking up sales of more than 37 million records worldwide.

 

As a child, Christina aspired to be a singer. Her musical influences included Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, and Madonna. She also cites the musical The Sound of Music and its lead actress, Julie Andrews as an early inspiration for singing and performing. As a child, she was known locally as "the little girl with the big voice," singing in local talent shows and competitions.

According to VH1's Driven, whenever competitors learned they would be up against her in any given week, they would immediately withdraw, prompting insiders to claim it was "like sending a lamb to the slaughter." Her peers soon became jealous of her and would frequently subject her to ridicule, ostracism, and, in one gym class, attempted assault. Acts of vandalism around her house included the slashing of the tires on the family car. Eventually, the family relocated to another suburb in the Pittsburgh area (this time, Wexford) and took to secrecy about Aguilera's talent lest another backlash occur.

On March 15, 1990, she appeared on Star Search singing Etta James' "A Sunday Kind of Love," but lost the competition. Soon after losing on Star Search, she returned home and appeared on Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV's Wake Up with Larry Richert to perform the same song. People remarked that the then ten-year-old "sounded 20."

Throughout her youth in Pittsburgh, Christina sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games. Her first major role in entertainment came in 1993 when she joined the Disney Channel's variety show The New Mickey Mouse Club.

Her co-stars included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell, the show lasted another year until its cancellation. According to the documentary Driven, Christina's co-stars called her "the Diva." One of her most notable performances was of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing."

At the age of fourteen, Christina recorded her first song, "All I Wanna Do," a hit duet with Japanese singer Keizo Nakanishi. In 1997, she represented the United States at the "Golden Stag" International Festival with a two-song set which included Sheryl Crow and Diana Ross.

In 1998, she sang the High "E" in full voice (E5) on a cover of Whitney Houston's "Run to You" which she recorded with a tape recorder in her bathroom. She was then selected to record the song "Reflection" for the Disney production of Mulan (1998). Recording "Reflection" led to Christina earning a contract with RCA Records the same week. "Reflection" peaked within the top twenty on the Adult Contemporary Singles Chart, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song" in 1998.

Under the exclusive representation of Steve Kurtz, Christina's self-titled debut album Christina Aguilera was released on August 24, 1999. It reached the top of the Billboard 200 and Canadian album charts, selling eight million copies in the U.S. and over 14 million copies worldwide. The album is also included in the Top 100 Albums of All Time list of The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) based on US sales.

Christina during the promotion of her debut album in April 2000.Her singles "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants" and "Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" topped the Billboard Hot 100 during 1999 and 2000, and "I Turn to You" reached #3. According to the album's songwriters, Christina wanted to display the range and audacity in her voice during the promotion of the album, and performed acoustic sets and appeared on television shows accompanied only by a piano.  She ended the year on MTV's New Year's Special, as she performed and was MTV's first artist of the millennium.

At the 2000 Grammys Christina received a "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" nomination for "Genie in a Bottle" and despite earlier predictions, she won the award for "Best New Artist."

Later in 2000, Christina first emphasized her Latin heritage by releasing her first Spanish album, Mi Reflejo on September 12, 2000. This album contained Spanish versions of songs from her English debut as well as new Spanish tracks. Though some criticized Christina for trying to cash in on the Latin music boom at the time. The album still managed to peak at #27 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Latin album charts. In 2001, it won Christina a Latin Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Album." The album went Gold in the US and sold 3 million worldwide.

She also won the World Music Award as the best selling Latin artist that year. Christina also released a Christmas album on October 24, 2000 called My Kind of Christmas. It peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200, has sold over 3.2 million copies worldwide, and has been certified Platinum in the US.

Ricky Martin asked Christina to duet with him on the track "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" from his album Sound Loaded; released in 2001 as the album's second single, which reached #1 on the World Chart.

In 2001, Christina, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink were chosen to remake Labelle's 1975 single "Lady Marmalade" for the film Moulin Rouge! and its soundtrack.

The single Missy Elliott produced hit number one on the Hot 100 for five weeks and reached number one in eleven other countries, and it earned all four performers a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals." Christina's appearance in the music video was compared to that of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

The video won two MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year in 2001, where Christina accepted the award saying, "I guess the big hair paid off."

That year a single emerged into record stores called "Just Be Free," one of the demos Christina recorded when she was around fifteen years old. When RCA Records discovered the single, they advised fans not to purchase it.

Months later, Warlock Records was set to release Just Be Free, an album which contains the demo tracks. Christina filed a breach of contract and unfair-competition suit against Warlock and the album's producers to block the release.

Instead, the two parties came to a settlement to release the album. Christina lent out her name, likeness and image for an unspecified amount of damages. Many of the details of the lawsuit remain confidential. When the album was released in August 2001, it had a photograph of Christina when she was fifteen years old.

Although Christina's debut album was very well received, she was dissatisfied with the music and image her management had created for her. Christina was marketed as a bubblegum pop singer because of the genre's upward financial trend.

She mentioned plans of her next album to have much more depth, both musically and lyrically. Christina's views of Steve Kurtz's influence in matters of the singer's creative direction, the role of being her exclusive personal manager and overscheduling had in part caused her to seek legal means of terminating their management contract.

In October 2000, Christina filed a Breach of Fiduciary Duty lawsuit against Kurtz for improper, undue and inappropriate influence over her professional activities, as well as fraud. According to legal documents, Kurtz did not protect her rights and interests. Instead, he took action that was for his own interest, at the cost of hers. The lawsuit came about when Christina discovered Kurtz used more of her commissionable income than he was allotted, and had paid other managers to assist him. She also petitioned the California State Labor Commission to nullify the contract. After terminating Kurtz's services, Irving Azoff was hired as her new manager.

Kurtz countersued later that month for breach of contract, claiming that the singer violated the same agreement she had sued to void. In the lawsuit, he included others close to Christina, alleging their intent to sabotage his business relationship with her. He also singled out Azoff for being in violation of the terms of Kurtz's contract.

During this time, while she was also working on her second album, she later revealed that she was betrayed by several friends, and hit rock bottom. She used her then-upcoming album as therapy, saying "this record saved me from insanity."

On October 29, 2002, after much delay, Christina's second full-length English album, Stripped, was released, selling more than 330,000 copies in the first week and peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200. Unlike previous work, the album showcased Christina's raunchier side.

The majority of Stripped was co-written by Christina (who had recently signed a global music publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing), and was influenced by many different subjects and music styles, including rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, balladry, pop rock, and hip hop. The majority of the album was produced by Scott Storch and singer-songwriter Linda Perry who produced her more personal records.

Rockwilder and singer Alicia Keys also contributed a track each. Upon initial release, the album was very well-received by critics, although Christina's vocals were overlooked as she began to cultivate a more sexually provocative image.

After the release of the album, she took part in photoshoots for magazines, many of these photographs featured her nude or semi-nude. Her cover for Rolling Stone, featured the singer only wearing boots and a well-placed electric guitar. It was during this time Christina referred to herself as "Xtina," even getting a tattoo of her nickname on the back of her neck and several piercings.

Initially, the raunchy image had a negative effect on Christina in the U.S., especially after the release of her controversial "Dirrty" music video. She denied that this change was a matter of publicity, claiming that the image better reflected her true personality than did the image she cultivated back in 1999. While the video for "Dirrty" became very popular on MTV, it disappointed on the U.S. singles chart. However, the single was a hit worldwide, reaching number one in the UK and Ireland. The album reached the top five on the U.K., U.S. and Canadian album charts, though it was initially considered a "sophomore slump." The second single, "Beautiful" received critical praise, the classically influenced ballad reached number one in several countries and peaked at #2 in the US. "Beautiful" earned Christina the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Three more singles ("Fighter," "Can't Hold Us Down" featuring Lil' Kim, "The Voice Within") were released in the following two years and were hits that helped the album stay on the charts for the next two years. Stripped stayed on the U.S. and UK album charts well into 2004, and went on to be certified four-times platinum in the U.S. with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.

It appeared at number ten on Billboard's year-end album chart. Kelly Clarkson's second single "Miss Independent" was co-written by Christina, having been half-finished for Stripped.

Christina performing in her Stripped Tour joined Justin Timberlake that June on the final leg of his international Justified tour, held in the U.S. This portion of the tour became a co-headliner called the "Justified & Stripped Tour."

In August, an overhead lighting grid collapsed from the ceiling of the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, causing major damage to the sound and video equipment below. Because the collapse occurred hours before the show, only a few stagehands were injured, but a few shows were cancelled or postponed.

In the fourth quarter of that year, Christina continued to tour internationally without Timberlake, and changed the name of the tour to the "Stripped World Tour."

She also dyed her hair black. It was one of the top-grossing tours of that year, and sold out most of its venues. Rolling Stone readers named it the best tour of the year.

She was a special guest performer with the Pussycat Doll's dance troupe and appeared on a Maxim spread alongside them. Her second Maxim cover that year set record sales for the issue, by the end of the year she topped the annual Hot 100 list later saying, "We had fun working with certain clothes, or the lack thereof."

After much delay, Christina's first DVD live-recording from a concert tour, Stripped Live in the UK, was released in November 2004.

In light of the tour's success, another U.S. tour was scheduled to begin in mid 2004 with a new theme. The tour however was scrapped because of the vocal cord injuries Christina suffered shortly before the tour's opening date.

In a tribute to Madonna's performance at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards, Christina performed a kiss with the singer-actress at the 2003 edition of the ceremony in August.

The incident occurred during the opening performance of Madonna's songs "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood" with fellow popstar Britney Spears.

Christina later decided to embrace a more mature image; this move was met with more praise than criticism, with articles using punch lines such as "From Crass to Class."

She eventually dyed her hair cherry blonde and recorded a jingle, "Hello," for a Mercedes-Benz ad. Shortly after, she dyed her hair blonde and cut it short, and took on a Marilyn Monroe look; many of her fans believe she is one of the main proponents (along with Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, and Ashley Judd) in bringing back the 1920s-1940s Hollywood glamour look.

In late summer 2004 Christina released two singles. The first, "Car Wash," was a remake of the Rose Royce disco song recorded as a collaboration with rapper Missy Elliott for the soundtrack to the film Shark Tale. The second song was also a collaboration, but this time as a second single from one of Nelly's double-release albums, Sweat, titled "Tilt Ya Head Back." Both singles failed commercially in the U.S., but did considerably better in other parts of the world.

Christina collaborated with jazz artist Herbie Hancock on a cover of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" recorded for Hancock's album Possibilities, released in August 2005. Christina and Hancock were later nominated for the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals."

She helped open the 50th Anniversary for Disneyland performing "When You Wish Upon a Star," and she also collaborated with Andrea Bocelli on the song "Somos Novios" for his album Amore. 

Christina's third English studio album, Back to Basics, released August 15, 2006, debuted at #1 in the U.S., the U.K. and eleven other countries. The critically-acclaimed lead single "Ain't No Other Man" was a substantial success, reaching #2 on the United World Chart, #6 in the U.S., and #2 in U.K. Christina described the double CD as "a throwback to the 20s, 30s, and 40s-style jazz, blues, and feel-good soul music, but with a modern twist." Producers on the album included DJ Premier, Kwamé, Linda Perry, and Mark Ronson. One track, "F.U.S.S.", was written as a response to the animosity between Aguilera and Scott Storch during the recording of Stripped.

In the interview with Maxim, she said, "That’s a way of burying my experience with him. We did great work on Stripped... When I tried to work with him again, he made uncalled-for demands. It was disappointing that someone would get affected like that."

She received writing credit for the album and was the executive producer. The follow-up singles did very well in different regions, "Hurt" in Europe and "Candyman" in the Pacific. She co-directed both music videos, the former with Floria Sigismondi who directed her "Fighter" video, and the latter, "Candyman," with director/photographer Matthew Rolston which was inspired by The Andrews Sisters.  Back to Basics sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2007.

In late 2006 Aguilera collaborated with Sean "Diddy" Combs on a track, titled "Tell Me," from his album Press Play. She also began the "Back to Basics Tour" in Europe followed by a 41-date North American tour in early 2007.

After this, she toured Asia and Australia, where it was supposed to end on August 3, however she canceled her dates in Melbourne and her final two in Auckland due to an illness.

Her extravagant arena tour included cabaret, three-ring circus and juke joint sets and 10 piece costumes designed by Roberto Cavalli.It was the most successful US tour by a female in 2007. In early 2008, she released her concert DVD Back to Basics: Live and Down Under.

At the 49th Grammy Awards, Christina again won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man." She made a noteworthy performance at the ceremony paying tribute to James Brown with her rendition of his song "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." In January 2007, she was named the 19th richest woman in entertainment by Forbes, with a net worth of US$60 million.

Christina performed "Steppin' Out With My Baby" with Tony Bennett on his NBC special Tony Bennett: An American Classic and on Saturday Night Live where she was the musical guest. They performed at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards where both specials received Emmys. "Steppin' Out" was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

Mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant, announced that in 2008, Christina will get a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Christina was featured on the soundtrack to the film Shine a Light from a live recording of her performance with the Rolling Stones.

The soundtrack of the same name was released on April 1, 2008. She was featured on People en Español's Los 50 Más Bellos (50 Most Beautiful People) cover and issue in which she said, "I love Latin culture. It’s fire and passion, and I definitely want to instill that in my son."

Christina described her forthcoming album as "short, sweet and completely different" from Back to Basics, although she did not elaborate on the style of the album. In an interview with People magazine Christina stated she has began recording new material for her upcoming album at her Beverly Hills home. DJ Premier shared plans to head back into the studio with Christina.

Christina, a soprano, is known for her prominent singing style, strong vocals, and powerful voice. She has also been noted for her ability to sing in the whistle register. She has rivaled many of her other contemporaries and has been referred to as the "voice of her generation" and a blue eyed soul singer.

In the MTV special All Eyes on Christina, John Norris said that Christina "has a four-octave vocal range." Christina also topped COVE's list of the 100 Best Pop Vocalists with a score of 50 and came fifth in MTV's 22 Greatest Voices in Music.

A review in an Entertainment Weekly article mentions her "tackling that dog-whistle high note" at the 3:20 mark in the song "Soar" from her album Stripped. Additionally, Axl Rose (of Guns N' Roses fame) has described Christina as "one of the greatest vocalists of our time."

Her rendition of "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" at the 49th Grammy Awards ranked 3rd in the Grammy's Greatest Moments List behind Celine Dion's performance of "My Heart Will Go On." In an interview Dion described Christina as "probably the best vocalist in the world."

In 1991 Christina auditioned for a role on The New Mickey Mouse Club, however she didn't meet the age requirements. Two years later she joined the cast performing musical numbers and sketch comedy until the show's cancellation in 1994.

Since then Christina has done numerous television appearances, in 1999 she made a cameo appearance performing on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. She hosted a Saturday Night Live episode in 2004, which included a Sex & The City skit where she portrayed Samantha Jones revealing to everyone she was a man the entire time.

In regards to acting in film, she's mentioned in several interviews that she intends to pursue edgy acting roles similar to Angelina Jolie. She voiced a small singing part in the animated film Shark Tale playing a rastafarian jellyfish in the film's closing musical number. The film's stars included, among others, Jolie herself.

New Face Of Stephen Webster Accessories 2007 - 2008

Christina is the new face of Stephen Webster and has been quoted as saying "Stephen does a great job of offering versatility" says Christina about her jewelry in the new ad campaign.

As reported by the March 17, 2008 issue of Life & Style Magazine, Christina's pregnancy in 2007 almost threw a monkey wrench into the ad campaign.  As a result, Stephen Weber told Life & Style Magazine that Christina called him from her world tour in Korea to let him know of her pregnancy.  They had originally planned to shot the ads in October or November but decided to move the campaign up to August to try and catch the window.

Although Christina was four months pregnant at the time, she was already showing.  They managed to shoot the ads so that her new bump was not visible.  Christina gave birth to her new son, Max Liron Bratman on January 12, 2008.

Stephen Webster told Life & Style that Christina and Jordan are "blown away by the whole experience" when referencing their new son.

Christina has since separated from Jordan and they are sharing custody of their son Max.  Christina had her first movie role in Burlesque which did not do well in the box office, but was popular with her many fans.  Christina met her current boyfriend on the set of Burlesque and they are currently living together. 

Christina is currently the only female celebrity judge on NBC's hit show "The Voice"  She is scheduled to return for the second season of The Voice in 2012. 


 

 
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